Monday, May 30, 2011

One Day Is Not Enough

( You paid the ultimate price.)

Did you think about your mother 
and all the love she'd shown
from the time she brought you into this world
til the day that you left home

Or did all the arguments with your dad
fill spaces in your mind
and did you finally realize
you were like him all the time

Did you long for just one more embrace
from the wife you loved so much
that pretty girl in the wedding dress
in the picture worn out from your touch

Were you angry or just full of hurt
because you were denied
the chance to see the unborn child
who filled your heart with pride

Did you hear angels singing
instead of screams of pain
as brothers fell around you
and bullets fell like rain

What was the last thing that you saw
as you left this world together
was it the blood of those who'd given all
to keep us free forever

Do you look down upon us now
hoping that we who live 
would understand you'd do it all again
if you had one more life to give

I know one holiday is not enough
to give honor and show appreciation
God reminds me with every sunrise
what you've done for our great nation

Written on the morning of Memorial Day, May 30, 2011

( © Post and photos by C.J. - please do not copy)